Archive for August, 2012

2012 Finalists Announced!

We have announced the Finalists and Honourable Mentions for the 2012 competition!  You can download the complete list here.  We will also be featuring the selected projects on the ADAA Gallery, which will go live with the new Finalists very soon.

This year, our 41 Finalists and 20 HMs are an eclectic group, coming from every corner of the world.  We have representatives from: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and United States!

When we talked to Clare Erwin, the Senior Manager of Education Community at Adobe, she commented, “We’re thrilled to see such a worldwide presence, with finalists and honorable mention recipients representing a total of nineteen countries. Seeing such a varied list of countries confirms we are connecting a worldwide community of next-generation designers to one another.” 

And “connecting” will be the name of the game when all the Finalists arrive in Toronto for the ADAA Awards Ceremony taking place on November 9, 2012.  These designers will have a chance to meet each other, network, and attend RGDOntario’s DesignThinkers conference, attended by some of the biggest names in design.  Along with having their project presented at the ADAA gallery at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Finalists will also participate in studio tours and design events happening around the city!

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Canada

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Canada

Toronto Lakeshore

Toronto Lakeshore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you know, we pursue our mission of broadening the worldwide design community in the judging process as well.

“The judging process for the Adobe Design Achievement Awards brings together an impressive, diverse and accomplished group of design educators and professionals,” commented Marilena Farruggia, Managing Director of Icograda.  “This year, hailing from 16 different countries, our 50 judges enriched the program by contributing a unique cultural perspective and a wealth of design insight to their task of selecting deserving work.”

And when we asked the judges for their comment on the finalists this year … they were clearly JAZZED by the results!

 

Jazz hands by ADAA Judges and Icograda staff
Photo courtesy of Sean Teegarden

We send a hearty congratulations to all those who qualified this year!  We look forward to meeting the 2012 Finalists in November and getting to know more about the people behind the designs that so impressed and inspired us.

Toronto: get ready!

 

Category Judging

Boy, have we been busy!

Since our last post, the 2012 competition submissions closed with a record number of entries. We received 4969 entries from over 70 countries and our online Selection Panel identified 1200 Semi-Finalists in 16 Categories, making this the biggest year in the history of the competition!

We tried something fun on Facebook this year, and featured all Semi-Finalist pictures on our ADAA Fan page. The response was phenomenal! Talk about a tagging frenzy! We couldn’t be happier with the results, especially because we were overwhelmed by the supportive words from contestants’ friends and families who shared their encouragements and congratulations. One of our biggest goals at the ADAA is to offer world-wide recognition to talented young designers, and this was just one of the ways in which we are doing that this year. Just have a look for yourself and share in the celebration with our 16,000+ strong community!

2012 ADAA Semi-Finalist albums on Facebook

 

Then we were off to San Jose, California for the Category judging at the impressive Adobe Headquarters.  The Semi-Finalists had sent in their projects to be judged on-site by our international panel of design leaders and educators.  We were joined by judges from Montreal, Sao Paulo, New York, Tokyo, L.A., Nantes, Cape Town, Mumbai, Singapore and the San Francisco Bay area.

 

The real deal!

The real deal!

 

You can just imagine that this diverse group, with a wide array of cultural and design practices, had some very strong opinions about the next generation of design!  What might surprise you, however, is how fun and inspirational the judging process was!  The judges confessed that they had seen something in the Semi-Finalist work that had surprised, challenged and creatively invigourated them.

 

The judges hard at work!
From Left: Tetsuya Mizuguchi (Tokyo), Mickael Kanfi (Montreal), Nancy Juliber (San Francisco), Gregoire Cliquet (Nantes), Hephzibah Pathak (Mumbai), Fernanda Saboia (Sao Paulo), Stephen Johnson (New York), Ravi Naidoo (Cape Town)

 

We wish to impart this to all the contestants who submitted their work to the competition this year: the judges were continuously impressed by the level of skill, creativity and enthusiasm in the designs they saw.  Well done to you all and we wish you continuous success in your creative pursuits!

The excitement continues as we are preparing to make the announcement of the 2012 Finalists!  You will soon be able to see the Finalist work in the ADAA Gallery.  Also, stay tuned for details about the upcoming Awards Ceremony and Gala event in November taking place in Toronto, Canada, and exclusive content from the judging itself.

Adobe Headquarters, San Jose

Adobe Headquarters, San Jose

Beautiful San Jose skies

Beautiful San Jose skies